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Provo-Orem, Utah Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Provo rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Utah rate. The unemployment rate in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 8.1% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Provo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Utah 4.3% +0.2 +1.9
Provo 3.9% +0.4 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Provo, Utah, National

Provo, Utah monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Provo, Utah Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Provo peaked in April 2020 at 24,552. There are now 12,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,872 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,469. Provo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Provo, Utah) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Provo 12,341 +1,183 +5,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Provo, Utah Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Utah
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployment Rate
Provo
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 3.6%
November
2020
6.7% 4.3% 3.9% 12,341
October
2020
6.9% 4.1% 3.5% 11,158
September
2020
7.8% 5.0% 4.2% 13,688
August
2020
8.4% 4.1% 3.4% 10,872
July
2020
10.2% 4.5% 3.5% 11,075
June
2020
11.1% 5.3% 4.1% 13,027
May
2020
13.3% 8.6% 6.3% 19,531
April
2020
14.8% 10.4% 8.1% 24,552
March
2020
4.4% 3.8% 3.5% 11,153
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.3% 7,299
January
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.3% 7,321

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.